Funny money at the casino nets arrest www.privateofficer.com
Port Orchard Wa. Nov. 24 2007
What started out as a night of gambling at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino in Port Orchard, Washington, quickly took on a criminal role.
Law enforcement officers responding to the scene found two women in possession of counterfeit currency, methamphetamines and forged documents. Both women have been treated at the local hospital, and one taken into custody.Officers from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call Thursday, after security staff at the Clearwater Casino observed two women passing counterfeit currency. Casino surveillance had captured the women loading funds onto a gaming card by paying with fake money, and immediately contacted authorities, while keeping track of the women’s movements across the casino gaming floor.
Sheriff’s Deputies arriving on the scene located the two women, who are currently unnamed and identified only as a 51 year-old female and a 30 year-old female accomplice. A search of the 51 year-old female revealed that she was in possession of two counterfeit $20 bills and one phony $10 bill. A K-9 unit was used for more detailed search of the suspect’s van in the casino parking lot, which revealed a quantity of methamphetamines and scales.A search of the 30 year-old female revealed that she had $230 in counterfeit currency hidden in her shoe. The suspect also had a backpack in the van, which was filled with methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. The backpack also contained a large cache of credit cards, checks, a social security card, W-2 Form and bank account information – all bearing other people’s names.When questioned about the items in her possession, the 30 year-old female stated that she had been smoking methamphetamines with several men earlier in the day. The female claimed that these men gave her the counterfeit money and placed the items in her backpack, but told Deputies that she did not know who they were.
At this point in the investigation, the older female began complaining that her back was giving out and that she could not feel her legs. As a result, she was transported to the local hospital while the younger female was transported to the local jail.
Due to the nature of the incident, the jail could not admit the suspect without medical clearance. Upon hearing this, the woman began convulsing and became unresponsive. An ambulance was called and the female arrived at the hospital just as the older suspect was being released and transported to the jail.The 51 year-old female was booked into jail on charges of possessing methamphetamines and suspicion of forgery. Deputies state that there is sufficient evidence to charge the younger female, when released from the hospital, on charges of suspicion of forgery, identity theft and possession of methamphetamines with intent to deliver.
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